Koda is an LA-based genre-free artist. Not too long ago, he released haunting visuals for “Nazareth”, a dark alternative tune from his upcoming EP, entitled, “Same As It Ever Was”.
Koda – “Nazareth”
“I open up my head and I let the demons in and turn nothing into something. I gotta get my mind right but first I gotta f*ck it up. I’m not that f*cked up but I pretend I’m f*cked up. Up to my ritual for nothing. I sit and say the words but I don’t mean a word when I tell you that I love you. In my mind, I am above you.” – lyrics
The Carlos Reyes-directed video finds a lonesome young lady, dressed in black, walking upstairs into a large room, where multiple white candles are lit. She kneels before an altar and performs a ritual, which ends with her drinking fluid from a teapot.
The intoxicating drink leaves her unconscious, and the following scene shows her on the beach, dressed in a white dress after the demons have entered her body. Also, her lips are severely chapped.
Next, she walks down a residential street and enters a home, where she greets a young boy (probably her brother) with a hand swipe. She enters the living room and tells a couple (probably her parents), “I Love You.”
She wakes up in the room where she did the ritual in and performs another one. And just like before, she passes out again.
The following scene finds her in the forest, unconscious on rocks. She has an abnormal skin color. Moments later, she wakes up and explores nature.
Outside a home, she torments a couple. Then she wakes up again in the ritual room, but this time she’s bothered. She does another ritual and passes out.
“Pray for me, pray for me, pray for you, pray for mom, pray for me, pray for me, pray for you, pray for us.” – lyrics
She wakes up in a rural area with red-colored skin wearing a black dress. She’s completely out of her mind as she dances around in circles. Later, she meets a group of people smoking marijuana. One of them hands her a blunt; she crushes it and they are unconscious. Shortly afterward, she sadly walks away and the people gain consciousness.
She wakes up in the ritual room, but instead of doing another ritual, she decides not to. She exits the room and walks downstairs into the street.
“‘Nazareth’ is a song which explores the complexities of mental health and how we as people confront the various wrinkles within mental health.”
Koda (Jordan Sudak) is the grandson of a Haitian mother and Polish father. He spent the first half of his life as an army brat, being yanked from city to city across the globe.
Living in three countries by the age of 15, he watched as his free-spirited parents turned to a radical form of born-again Protestantism, banning contemporary art and burning his Harry Potter books in the process.
After settling in Columbia, South Carolina, his family values took a bizarre turn as his father’s close call with a heart attack triggered a 180 degree flip on religion for the entire household.
Now Atheists, his parents eventually started an experimental rock band called The Radar Cinema, which featured mom as the front-woman, dad on the guitar, and Jordan (claiming to be a family cousin) on vocals.
Between rehearsals, Jordan would get together with the band’s keyboardist to listen to doom metal and sludge records while “circuit-bending,” the art of making new instruments through soldering circuit boards from toys like Furbies and Speak ‘N’ Spells. From there, Jordan made the deep dive into ambient and experimental music, teaching himself QBASE, a popular production software for electronic artists.
Initially crafting side-project Koda — a nickname he received due to his obsession with photography — in the world of ambient dream pop and Nordic folk, Jordan quickly saw the project see success to the tune of 20M+ streams and calls from music supervisors all over the world.
This success led to a one-way ticket from Columbia to Los Angeles, where he would spend the next few years buried in the studio, writing 100s of songs as he developed what would eventually become his debut LP.